Rappers Uncle Murda, Jay Watts and Maino, released the song, “Hands Up,” and filmed its video in the Nassau County jail, with several public defenders taking starring roles.
The song includes incendiary lyrics like: “For Mike Brown and Sean Bell, a cop got to get killed,” and “Time to start killing these coppers.”
WARNING: Explicit language.
Katie Phang and defense lawyer Ted Williams told Fox News’ “On The Record” host Greta Van Susteren that the public defenders’ participation in a video depicting cops with guns to their heads sullies their reputation.“There is no defense. When you lay down with fleas, you should expect to get fleas off on you,” said Williams, a former police officer. “I’m not outraged. I am absolutely p**sed off.”
Phang agreed, saying the lawyers should be punished.
“As an attorney, you have to avoid the appearance of impropriety. For anything or anyone from the Bronx Defenders to be a part of this video is not only outrageous but can be deemed to be unethical,” she said “There should be some type of sanctionable conduct, and something should happen to the people that did this.”
The video is even more outrageous considering that one of the rappers responsible for it, Uncle Murda, was once charged with trying to kill a police officer, and another, Maino, spent 10 years in prison on robbery and kidnapping charges, Phang said.
The Bronx Defenders, the official name of the local Public Defenders’ Office, said it did not know the video would include images of cops with guns to their heads. The agency has requested that the video to be taken down, though officials did not address the controversial lyrics, according to Fox News.
“If they want to rent out a Hollywood studio to film that, they have the freedom to do that, but Nassau County should not be allowing them to do that in their facility,” John Jaronczyk, head of the Nassau County Sheriff’s Correction Officers Benevolent Association, told local TV station WPIX 11. “What’s next? Are we going to do an adult video in the jail?”
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